Local basketballer Tom Gorman continues to make waves in Basketball Victoria after recently being selected among the best and brightest from the country to feature in the National Intensive Training Program (NITP) in the under-16 age group.
The NITP is aimed at advancing selected players so they can hone in on their skills in preparation for the elite level.
Tom, who has just turned 13 and stands at 190cm, has impressed selectors in the Southern Cross Challenge representing Country Victoria over the last two years.
“It’s a pretty tough competition but I am learning a lot,” Tom said.
“At the moment we are learning a lot of defensive and offensive structures that Basketball Country Victoria use.”
Basketball Victoria’s High Performance Coach Country Justin Schueller said the BVC pathway has unearthed some fantastic selections.
“It is pleasing to see the levels that athletes are coming in, which is a real credit to the coaches in the regions who have bought into our Country Victoria philosophies.
“The outstanding number of coaches and the high level of coaching is also something we are proud and excited about,” he said.
Yarrawonga Mulwala Basketball Association coach Brett Harvey said it was a credit to Tom’s determination to be selected in the NITP squad.
“Tom has gone the furthest in the Yarrawonga Mulwala Basketball Association and is now a step up from the Southern Cross Challenge which is essentially state selection.
“He’s really keen and does everything right. His work rate on and off the court is great.
“As a result he has improved out of sight. He’s got aspects of his game that have come a long away.
“These pathway opportunities don’t just get handed to you,” he said.
Brett said that because the local basketball association aligns themselves with the North East Bushrangers programme it provides opportunities for local kids to get noticed. In the last few years the association has had up to eight players been selected to participate in Jamboree Camps.